South Walnut at Spring Street, southbound, in Cookeville will be closed today for sidewalk repairs. The closure will last until 3 p.m.
An old phone scam is new again in the Upper Cumberland. The scam involves someone calling you to tell you failed to show up for jury duty and there’s a warrant out for your arrest. Several people in Cumberland County reported getting such a call last week telling them to go to CVS and get a prepaid card and send it to the caller. The number associated with the call came back to New Delhi, India.
Blood Assurance is in critical need of blood donations and is asking you to spare 30 minutes to make a blood donation as soon as possible. Currently, all blood types are needed, especially O positive. Blood Assurance is the primary blood supplier to many Upper Cumberland area hospitals. Their Cookeville Donation Center is located at 155 West Broad Street.
Medicare Open Enrollment for 2017 begins October 15. For those who are eligible to sign up for Medicare or have questions about making changes to their Medicare health plans and/or Medicare Part D prescription drug plans, free, un-biased Medicare information and counseling is available through the Upper Cumberland Area Agency on Aging and Disability.
Open enrollment for the coming year runs from October 15 to December 7. During this time, currently enrolled Medicare beneficiaries can make changes to their plans. The staff at UCAAAD, a division of Upper Cumberland Development District, and volunteers are trained to provide free, un-biased counseling and advice for those seeking assistance with making changes to their Medicare plans.
It is important for Medicare beneficiaries to compare their current plans to the 2016 coverage options, which will be released on October 1, 2015. UCAAAD staff helps those seeking assistance with plan comparisons without selling anything and can be reached at the toll free SHIP line at 1-877-801-0044.
Throughout open enrollment, UCAAAD staff and volunteers will also be offering Medicare counseling at locations throughout the Upper Cumberland. A full list of appointment times and locations can be found at www.ucdd.org or at www.facebook/ucddconnect or by calling the toll free SHIP line at 1-877-801-0044.
The Cancer Center at Cookeville Regional Medical Center welcomes Jasmine Olive, Oncology Nurse Practitioner, to the Cancer Center team.
Jasmine received her bachelor of science in nursing at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Ala., (cum laude). She went on to receive her Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of Alabama in Birmingham, Ala., and is a board certified Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. Jasmine is certified as an Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Chemotherapy and Biotherapy provider.
Jasmine is now seeing patients at the Cancer Center at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
Your tax dollars are at work. Paving and other infrastructure improvements are in full swing in Cookeville.
Mayer Ricky Shelton says, "We just finished paving Lowe Avenue and Stephens Street," Shelton says. "We've got a lot of internal projects going on: sidewalks and paving and roadwork inside the city."
Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency is once again inviting anyone 55 years or older who meets eligibility guidelines to be a part of our Senior Community Service Employment Program. This program provides on-the-job training for older individuals seeking gainful employment in the Upper Cumberland region. They can also refer you to the Tennessee Career Center for basic computer training as well as other employment and training programs. For more information, contact the Cookeville Central office of the UCHRA.
Look out for some construction if you’re traveling I-40 between Cookeville and Nashville tomorrow night. The I-40 westbound ramp at exit 239, at Watertown, will be closed for paving operations between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. Traffic will be detoured to the next interchange.
Goodwill Industries is partnering with Pacesetters and the Tennessee Career Center again to bring a job fair to Cookeville. Their last event was in May, where they brought in over 300 people to either hire or be hired. The goal is for an even larger turn-out when they return October 6th from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. In the event of rain, the event will be postponed to the 13th. 53 companies were represented last time, officials say people will be hired.
Putnam County’s unemployment rate ticked upward by 0.1% to 5.3%. Overton County’s rate, meanwhile, decreased by 0.2% percent to 5.6%. Jackson County’s jobless rate dropped by 0.3% to 7.4%. Nearby Crossville’s rate stayed the same from July at 5.9%.